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Injured Buttler to be replaced by Bairstow in England team

Jos Buttler will be replaced by Jonny Bairstow in England's squad ahead of the fifth one-day international with New Zealand after the Lancashire man split the webbing on his left hand in practice on Friday morning.

Buttler has been in fine form with the bat Credit: PA Images

Less than 24 hours before the Royal London Series decider, Buttler had to leave practice at Emirates Durham to have protective bandage on the wound.

Despite having Kent gloveman Sam Billings in their ranks, England have opted for further cover behind the stumps by drafting in Yorkshireman Bairstow.

"Jonny Bairstow has been added to the squad as cover for Jos Buttler who has split the skin at the base of his thumb on his left hand," said England Cricket on Twitter.

The hosts will wait to see how Buttler's hand recovers before making a final decision on his participation on Saturday morning.

Buttler has been a key part of England's one-day international revival in the current series, hitting his country's second fastest-ever century (from 66 balls) in their national-record 408 for nine in the opening match at Edgbaston last week, having already set the record with a ton from 61 balls against Sri Lanka last year.

"Jos Buttler will be assessed in the morning," added England Cricket.


Lancashire cricketer smashes world record with 350

World record score of 350 recorded on the scoreboard at Nantwich CC Credit: MEN Syndication

Lancashire's Liam Livingstone has set a new batting world record after smashing an astonishing 350 in a 45-over game for Nantwich Town Cricket Club.

In all, Livingstone smashed 37 fours and 27 sixes in his amazing 138-ball innings.

The 21-year-old, who made his Lancashire debut last season, hit his first hundred off just 47 deliveries, blasting 10 fours and nine sixes before moving to 150 just 20 balls later for the Cheshire County Premier League side in the National Club Knockout game against Caldy Cricket Club.

Livingstone, who is from Barrow, then moved to his treble hundred off 123 balls (31 fours, 22 sixes) with the score 444-6 before bringing up 350 just fourteen balls later (34 fours, 27 sixes).

Lancashire's Liam Livingstone Credit: MEN Syndication

"It is all a bit surreal. It hasn't sunk in yet but it is a very proud day and luckily my mum and dad were there to see it.

"Unfortunately I have got training with Lancashire at 10 o'clock in the morning, so I will be having an early night.

"But sometime in the near future, I will definitely be having a few drinks to celebrate."

– Liam Livingstone

Lancashire head coach praises Anderson's test wicket record

"This is a tremendous achievement by Jimmy. To maintain such a high level of performance over such a long period of time is testament to his hard work and dedication.

"He is a fantastic ambassador for Lancashire and England and I am delighted for him."

– Lancashire's Cricket Director and Head Coach Ashley Giles

Sir Ian Botham congratulates Lancashire's James Anderson

Sir Ian Botham has congratulated Lancashire's James Anderson after he broke the former England star's record for Test match wickets.

Anderson breaks England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker record

England fast bowler James Anderson has beaten Sir Ian Botham's all-time England wicket taking record of 383.

James Anderson Credit: Press Association

He reached 384 in his 100th Test when Denesh Ramdin was caught by captain Alastair Cook off the Burnley man's bowling, levelling the mark set by England's greatest all-rounder 23 years ago - also in his 100th Test.

The Lancastrian got a flying start 12 years ago as a precocious fast bowler who made short work of fragile Zimbabwe batting in his first two Tests at the age of just 20, following up that same summer with notice of his world-class talent against South Africa - including at Trent Bridge, the venue where he would go on to excel himself at almost every visit.


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Campaign to encourage players to open up

Campaign to encourage players to open up Credit: ITV Granada Reports

A campaign to help deal with mental health issues is being rolled out to a number of Merseyside cricket clubs.

The Opening Up charity was set up after the death of 23 year old Bootle player Alex Miller who killed himself in 2012.

The campaign will offer clubs fitness sessions that explore mental as well as physical health.

Seven Merseyside cricket clubs have signed on for groundbreaking fitness sessions - aimed not just at players' muscles but their minds.

Opening Up is putting on the first workshops of this type Credit: ITV Granada Reports

The free sessions offer cricket-focused aerobic drills, led by personal trainers, combined with practical exercises and discussion. The idea is to encourage players to identify potential issues and open up without stigma.

It promotes mental health and wellbeing, and suicide prevention, through cricket and partners include Lancashire Cricket Board, Edge Hill University and The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM).

"The interchangeable benefits of physical and mental fitness are often overlooked. We want to give clubs an insight to this area.

"For too long mental health has been neglected in sport. We aim to use the sessions to equip players to not only look after their own wellbeing but of those around them.

"Our campaign comes within a shocking context that suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50 in this country and steps need to be made urgently to address the causes of this, starting with getting males to open up and talk about their feelings more."

– Opening Up co-ordinator Mark Boyns
Seven cricket clubs have signed up for the sessions Credit: ITV Granada Reports

"It's a fresh start for everyone at the club so I'm hoping it will bring us all together and help build team spirit ahead of what I'm hoping will be a successful season not only for the first team but the whole of Bootle Cricket Club."

– Craig Prince, 1st XI captain of Bootle CC
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